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[From Beheshti Zewar] In the Hadith, great rewards have been mentioned for fasting. The fasting person has a very high status in the sight of Allah Taala. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: The person who fasts in the month of Ramadaan solely for the pleasure of Allah Taala and for gaining His reward, all his past minor sins will be forgiven. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: The smell which emanates from the mouth of a fasting person is more beloved in the sight of Allah Taala than the fragrance of musk. On the day of judgement, one would receive great rewards for fasting. It is related in a Hadith that a table below the Arsh of Allah Taala will be laid for the fasting persons on the day of judgement. They will sit at this table and partake of the food while all the other people will still be busy giving their account of deeds. On seeing them, they will say: How is it that these people are eating and drinking while we are still occupied in giving an account of our deeds? It will be said to them that they used to fast while you abstained from fasting. This fasting is also a great pillar of Islam. The person who does not fast in the month of Ramadaan commits a major sin, and his Deen shall become weak. 1. Fasting in the month of Ramadaan is fard on every Muslim who is not a lunatic nor an immature person (minor). As long as there is no valid excuse, it is not permissible to abstain from fasting. If a person vows to fast, fasting becomes fard on him on account of this vow. The qada and kaffarah fasts are also fard. Apart from this, all other fasts are nafl if a person keeps them he will be rewarded, and if he does not do so, there will be no sin on him. However, the fasts of eid ul-fitr, eid ul-adhaa, and the three days following eid ul-adhaa are all haraam. 2. Once the time of fajr salaat approaches (i.e. dawn) until the time of sunset, a person should make the intention of fasting and abstain from all food, drink, and sexual intercourse. This is known as fasting in the Shariah.
[b]Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: When you make Iftaar (break the fast), do so with dates or with water (if dates are not available), for verily, it is pure and it is a purifier. [/b] [b]A Hadith also states: Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) loved to make Iftaar with three dates or with something which the fire did not touch (i.e. uncooked). [/b] [b]Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) also said: Whoever finds dates, let him make Iftaar with it. Whoever does not find dates should make Iftaar with water. In a Hadith-e-Qudsi, Allah Taala says: Verily, the most beloved servants to Me are those who are the quickest in Iftaar.[/b] (Note: A salient feature of the shiahs is to delay Iftaar) According to the Hadith, the moments of Iftaar are most auspicious. It is a time of great barkat and Maqbooliyyat. Duas are quickly accepted at this time. According to the Hadith, at least one dua made at the time of Iftaar is assured of acceptance. The time of Iftaar should, therefore, not be squandered in feasting. Iftaar is not the time for feasting and filling the stomach. Break the fast lightly with dates the Sunnah Way. Spend a few minutes before Iftaar and the couple of minutes after Iftaar (before Maghrib Salaat) in Dua or Thikr. Come to the Musjid a bit earlier and make niyyat of Nafl Itikaaf thereby deriving maximum benefit and thawaab. Engage in Dua or Thikr until the Athaan. Break the fast with dates as soon as the Athaan goes or as soon as the time of Iftaar is confirmed, even before Athaan. The fast may be ended as soon as the sun has set. It is not necessary to wait for the Athaan. But be sure of sunset. By the time the Athaan has ended, your Iftaar Ibaadat will have been completed.
[color=#0080BF]Disclaimer: We are providing this information as a sincere attempt to help muslims stay away from haram. We hold no personal hatred against any muslim but we will NEVER tolerate such deceptions perpetrated against muslims time and again as al wala wal bara has defined the clear path for us. And we do hold on to the concept of al hubbu fillah and al bughdhu fillah very dearly.[/color] ___ (يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنْ جَاءَكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَإٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَنْ تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ) [Surat Al-Hujraat : 6] O you who believe, if a sinful person brings you a report, verify its correctness, lest you should harm a people out of ignorance, and then become remorseful on what you did. ___
WHAT IS LAILATUL BARAAT OR THE 15THNIGHT OF SHABAAN? Every Muslim knows or should know that the Deen of Islam is the Revelation of Allah Taala. Islam is the Deen which is reared and established on the Quraan Majeed and on the Ahadith and Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Thus, the Ummah, for its practices, customs, beliefs and acts, draws its supports and sanction from the Divine institution of Wahi (Revelation), the highest repository of which is the Glorious Quraan. The Quraan-e-Hakeem commands the Ummah: O people of Imaan! Obey Allah and obey His Rasool
. Any belief, teaching, practice or custom which conflicts with this Command or which arose from beyond the confines of this commanded Obedience to Allah and His Rasool, stands condemned in the Eyes of Allahs Shariah. Allah, His Rasool and the Shariah of Islam have no affinity, nor any relationship with innovated and unsubstantiated customs and practices. Muslims are people who are supposed to travel along the Path chalked out by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Out Ibaadat and our mundane activities must all necessarily operate within the framework of the Shariah. Ibaadat will not be Ibaadat if there is no sanction and authorization for the acts from the Shariah. If the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) does not approve or command a practice, it will never be Ibaadat irrespective of the holy form the practice may assume. Thus Salaat performed at sunrise will be sin irrespective of the form of Ibaadat it has taken on. Similarly, fasting on the Day of Eid will be sinful, irrespective of its external form of Ibaadat. Nafl Salaat performed during Fajr time will be sinful no matter how beautiful its form may seem. In short, if any act is not conformity with the Sunnah, it will not be Ibaadat if its form seems Ibaadat. This brings us to the prevalent celebrations and customs on the 15th Night of Shabaan.
The purpose of the Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is practical application in daily life. The objective of Hadith is not assignment to the kutub (books) after subjection to academic argument and elaboration. In normal everyday life, the commands, prohibitions, advices and admonition of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) have to be incumbently implemented. Once a person came from a distant country to study Hadith by Imaam Ahmad Bin Hambal (rahmatullah alayh). On his arrival after a strenuous journey, he was the guest of Imaam Hambal (rahmatullah alayh). During the night time, Imaam Hambal placed a jug of water in his room for the purpose of wudhu for Tahajjud Salaat. In the morning, Imaam Hambal observed that the jug was full of water. It was clear that the guest did not use the water for wudhu. When Imaam Hambal questioned the guest, he (the guest) conceded that he had not performed Tahajjud Salaat. Imaam Hambal asked: "Tell me, why have you come here?" The guest said: "To learn Hadith." Imaam Hambal responded: "Take the road back from whence you have come. You are unfit to learn Hadith." Thus he expelled the person and did not teach him Hadith because he did not perform Tahajjud Salaat. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: "Whoever imparts knowledge (of the Deen, i.e. higher knowledge at the academic level) to an unfit person, is like one who garlands swines with pearls, diamonds and gold." A person who does not practically implement what he has learnt in the Hadith is unfit to learn Hadith and has been likened to a pig. Such unfit and unqualified persons described as 'khanaazeer' in the Hadith, subvert the commands of the Hadith by mis appropriation of the technical definitions, classification and principles discussed in Fiqah. Instead of practising in accordance with the commands of the Hadith, the unqualified juhala mellow, render insignificant and even abrogate the teachings stated in the Ahaadith. For example, technically, an Amr (Command) is to denote Wujoob (compulsion) as well as Istihbaab (being Mustahab or preferable). For example, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) commanded fasting on the 15th Sha'baan, on the 10 Muharram and on some other days. Miscreants who have acquired a smattering of knowledge, abstain from acting according to this command because they say that the Amr is for Istihbaab, not for Wujoob. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) instructed that after wudhu, two raka'ts Tahyatul Wudhu should be performed. Claiming that the instruction is not for compulsion, most people abstain and deprive themselves of the immense thawaab of these two raka'ts. They justify their abandonment with the corrupt argument that to perform this Salaat is Mustahab, not Waajib.
posted by Akaabir
on 10th June 2014
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The following article is taken from 'the majlis'. It beautifully explains the Importance of taqwa and the expounds on the false excuse of taqwa vs fatwa. ***** And, Allah is the Friend of the Muttaqeen. (Jaathiyah, Aayat 19) A grave malady in the learned quarters of this age is the minimization of the importance and necessity of Taqwa. In fact, there are numerous among those who have acquired superficial Deeni Knowledge who even relegate Taqwa into the realm of oblivion in both belief and practice. We therefore find molvis and sheikhs attributing almost all the fataawa of hurmat to taqwa. Their attitude displays conspicuous ignorance. It is clear that they have no understanding of the meaning and importance of Taqwa. In the abovementioned aayat, Allah Taala emphasizes that He is the Friend of the Muttaqeen. He is not the Friend of those who are not Muttaqeen. Those who are not Muttaqeen are faasiqeen and jaahileen. In hundreds of Quraanic aayaat and innumerable Ahaadith, is the clear command for the cultivation of Taqwa. The dangers of abstention from Taqwa have also been explained by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The clear theme of the Quraan, the Sunnah and the Taleem of 14 centuries of Auliya is the cultivation of Taqwa. Minus Taqwa, the Muslim is the equivalent of an animal. In fact, one who is bereft of Taqwa descends to a sub bestial level. He becomes enslaved to the nafs and remains trapped in the snares of shaitaan.
Preparation for Ramadhan
A very relevant answer by Hazrat Mufti AS Desai regarding ramadhan's preparation.
Q. How should one make preparations for the Month of Ramadhan?
A. One should always be prepared for Maut. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that the most intelligent person is one who makes preparations for Maut and the sojourn in Barzakh. While Ramadhaan comes once a year, Maut stalks us every moment of our life. No one knows when it will strike and snatch us from this dunya. The Mumins preparation, constant whether for Ramadhaan or for Maut, is Istighfaar, constant Thikrullaah, abstention from sin and futility, following the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), and strict obedience to the Shariah. This should be our preparation at all times, then we shall be prepared for Ramadhaan and for any other occasion.
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